Men's and women's tennis teams hit mid-season break
By Gavin Keenan
After the past weekends ITA Regional Tournaments, the mens
and womens tennis teams have reached the intermission of their
seasons. The ITA wrapped up a brief fall season, which began for both
teams in early September.
During the fall, the mens team saw some impressive contributions
from sophomores Phil Orno and Ryan Hamning along with senior Rob West.
Orno in particular, came on strong in the fall as he became the first
Viking in school history to receive a berth in the main draw of the
ITA Tournament. Unfortunately, Orno was unable to capitalize on the
opportunity as he fell to Notre Dames Brett Helgeson and Purdues
West and Hamning were also unable to pull out a victory in their first
round matches, which eliminated them from the qualifying draw. However,
Hamning was able to salvage the trip as he made quick work of Xaviers
Chris Herlinger in a consolation match.
The Vikings could not mount anything in doubles play either, as the
team of Orno and Hamning were defeated 8-2 by Wisconsins tandem
of Jeremy Sonkin and Luke Rassow-Kaster.
Earlier in the fall Orno and Hamning represented the team in the Ralph
Lauren All-American tournament. After Hamning won his first round match,
he was eliminated from the qualifying bracket as he was defeated in
the second round. Orno was able to piece together an impressive run
which saw him advance to the third round of the tournament, where he
was defeated by Clemsons Kevin Fleck.
The womens fall season was highlighted by some fine individual
and team performances at the Bowling Green Invitational by senior Jenn
Myers and sophomore Charlotte Gibbons, who placed second in their respective
singles flights. Sophomore Denisa Muntean also had an impressive showing
at Bowling Green, as she placed third in her singles flight and teamed
with senior Morgan Ungerott to finish second in their doubles flight.
Two weeks later, the ladies traveled to Michigan State for the Spartain
Invitational. There they took down Big East foe, Cincinnati, 4-2 in
team competition. The victories were posted by freshman Melissa Holzinger
along with sophomores Muntean and Sanda Bjelan, all of whom won in straight
sets. The final victory came by way of Myers come-from-behind
effort to defeat Valeriya Dandik, after dropping the first set.
To end the fall season, the Vikings were unable to qualify anyone for
the ITA Tournament. However, head coach Brian Etzkin was able to find
a lot to be optimistic about for the upcoming spring season.
We had a pretty good fall. Both teams faced some pretty good competition
in the tournaments that they played in and that should help us out once
we start to play dual matches in January, Etzkin said.
Both teams will resume action in the middle of January when the men
travel to Indiana and the women will be hosted by IPFW.
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